Wales: South Stack
The South Stack Lighthouse is built on the summit of a small island off the north-west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales. It was constructed in 1809 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks below. The lighthouse is located on a small island reached via a descent of 400 steps down the steep mainland cliffs. This video is part of Joshua Paul Gardner's series of drone videos on the iconic landmark, one of the most well known lighthouses in the world and protected under UK conservation statutes.
Famous Maine Lighthouses
Contributor PO3SMITH created this beautiful aerial tour of some of the lighthouses of Maine, in the USA's northeastern corner. The state's rocky coastline makes for some of the country's most dangerous waters, and it's no surprise that some of the world's most famous lighthouses are here. The video's opening shot is of Portland Head Light, the most well known Maine lighthouse. Located on Cape Elizabeth, the lighthouse has been guiding traffic in and out of Portland Harbor since 1791.
Denmark: Rubjerg Knude
Navigating between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea involves passing near various points on the coast of Denmark, and the going can be treacherous due to winds, currents, and narrow passageways, in addition to at times heavy shipping traffic. In this video, contributor Magnus Bo Hansen used a drone to create a bird's eye view of the Rujberg Knude lighthouse, which sits atop a 60 m (200 ft) cliff overlooking the North Sea near the northern tip of the country. It's one of the most well known lighthouses in Europe.
Nova Scotia, Canada: Peggy's Cove
Given the area's historical dependence on shipping and fishing, lighthouses have long been important part of the landscape of Canada's Maritime Provinces. Peggys Cove Lighthouse was built in 1915 and quickly became one of the most recognized spots in Nova Scotia. In this video, contributor Nō Ka 'Oi Drone Guys filmed this iconic looking lighthouse with a drone. This aerial footage was featured in various Canadian national media outlets.
Puerto Rico: Los Morrillos
Pedro's Airtime created this stunning drone video of one of the most important lighthouses in the Caribbean. Los Morrillos Lighthouse is in Cabo Roca, the town which sits in the the very southwestern corner of Puerto Rico. The town sits on the east side of the Mona Passage between the Dominican Republic and PR. The lighthouse was built in 1882, and since then has played an important navigational role for ship traffic in and out of the Caribbean through these waters.
Oregon, USA: Yaquina Head
The rocky shores of the USA's Pacific Northwest are notoriously dangerous for shipping, and lighthouses continue to be critical for maintaining shipping safety. Yaquina Head Light is in Lincoln County, Oregon, near the mouth of the Yaquina River. First lit in 1873, it's one of the most well known lighthouses in the region, and at 28 meters (93 ft.) it's the tallest such structure in the state. In this video, you can see this iconic lighthouse from a bird's eye perspective, compliments of contributor Cward360.
Dorset, England: Portland Bill
Alta Vista Epic Aerials brings us this fantastic drone video of one of the most well recognized spots in Southwest England. Portland Bill is a small island connected via sand bar to the mainland just south of Weymouth in Dorset. At the southern end of the island is a narrow promontory, upon which sits the Portland Bill Lighthouse. The lighthouse is one of England's most important; it protects ships moving through some of the most dangerous waters in Great Britain.
Isle of Skye Scotland: Neist Point
L.A. Media created this mini tour by drone of Scotland's Isle of Skye. The opening shot is of one of the most iconic landmarks on this famous isle in the Scottish Highlands. Neist Point Lighthouse is located on a point of the same name, in the northeastern part of Skye. It was built in 1909. The lighthouse is important to protecting shipping traffic in the dangerous waters between the Inner and Outer Hebrides. It is not a manned lighthouse; since 1990 it's been controlled remotely.
Lake Constance, Germany: Lindau
Contributor Cyber_Drone used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to give us this aerial view of one of the world's most famous inland lighthouses. Lindau Lighthouse is situated on the town of the same name, which is an island on Lake Constance in Bavaria. The lake is part of the Rhine River and has shores in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The lighthouse was built in 1859. Since the 1990's, its operation has been fully automated. It stands opposite the harbor entrance from an iconic looking lion statue.
Northern England: Souter
Souter Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in the village of Marsden in northern England. It's near the town of South Shields, in the county of Tyne & Wear. It was the first lighthouse in the world to be designed and built specifically to use AC electric current. The lighthouse was a much-needed aid to navigation due to this coastline being the most dangerous in the country. See this amazing lighthouse from a bird's eye perspective with this epic drone video from Aerial Video Works.
Cornwall, England: Godrevy
Contributor Joshua Paul Gardner used a DJI Phantom drone to create this amazing video of an important lighthouse in the South of England. The Godrevy lighthouse was built in the 1850's on St. Ives Bay, on the northern side of the western tip of Cornwall. It was built as a navigation aid around the Stones Reef, which had caused many shipwrecks over the years. In 1854, a passenger ship with about 40 onboard wrecked on the reef, providing the final impetus for the lighthouse to be built.
Northern California, USA: Point Sur
Contributor Jayxlamar created this beautiful drone video of one of the most well recognized lighthouses on the USA's Pacific Coast. Point Sur Lighthouse is situated near the southern end of the famous Big Sur coastline in Monterey, California, a 2-3 hour drive south of the Bay Area. Built in 1889, it stands about 80 meters 9around 270 ft.) above sea level on the Point Sur Peninsula. Point Sur is the only lighthouse of this type in California which is open to the public.
Narragansett Bay, USA: Point Judith
The Point Judith Light is located on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island as well as the north side of the eastern entrance to Block Island Sound. The confluence of two waterways make this area busy with water traffic and the waters around Point Judith are very cold and dangerous. While there have been many shipwrecks off these coasts even with active lighthouses, it's safe to assume that the toll would have been far larger without them.
Northern Ireland: St. John's Point
Contributor Gavmart created this amazing drone video of St. John's Lighthouse, an important navigation aid to coastal shipping in Northern Ireland. The lighthouse is located near Ardglass in County Down, a harbor town which continues to host a substantial fishing fleet. St. Johns helps these and other watercraft to navigate the treacherous waters of the Irish Sea along the eastern coast of the province of Ulster, which is split between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
County Kent, England: North Foreland
Contributor Oszibusz created this beautiful aerial view of a beautiful and historic spot at the very eastern end of County Kent in Southeastern England. The centerpiece of North Foreland is its lighthouse, which was the last manned lighthouse in the UK. In the video, you'll see a tower standing next to the lighthouse. This was one of the radar towers which ringed the Kent coastline, part of a defense system which provided critical early warning to RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Northern Portugal: Leça da Palmeira
The Atlantic coastline of Portugal's Norte region is dominated by Porto and cities which have become part of its metropolitan area. One of these cities is Leça da Palmeira, a city which is situated just a short ways up the coast from Porto. It has a long history as an important port city and more recently as an oil refining center. Contributor Hpascoal created this beautiful drone video of the lighthouse of Leça da Palmeira, with other parts of the coastal city visible in the background.
Galicia, Spain: Tower of Hercules
The Tower of Hercules is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. It's located off the coast of Galicia in northwestern Spain. It dates to Roman times, in the second century AD. The original structure was 34 meters, or about 112 feet. In the late 18th century it was renovated extensively, and another 21 meters (69 ft.) was added to its height. Today the tower is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tower is tied to Geryon, a giant in Greco-Roman mythology.
New South Wales, Australia: Macquarie
Contributor Skys_Feed used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful video of the Macquarie Lighthouse, the oldest in Australia. It is situated in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales. It's an area critical to shipping navigation in and out of the Sydney Harbor. The present lighthouse was built in 1881-83. The lighthouse is still operational, and the site is now protected by designation under the New South Wales State Heritage Register.
Corsica, France: L'Île de la Giraglia
North of Cap Corse, the peninsula which forms the northern tip of the French island of Corsica, there's a tiny island called Giraglia. The island's two landmarks are a tower built by the Genoese in the 16th-17th centuries called Torra di Giraglia and a lighthouse. Both landmarks are official monuments protected by the government of France. In this video by Altrove, you'll get a bird's eye view of this iconic looking island, which is barely visible on a map.
North Wales, UK: Point of Ayr
Built in 1776 Point Ayr lighthouse sits at the very northeast corner of Wales at the Dee River estuary. It is only a few short miles from the port city of Liverpool in Northern England, which lies to its north and west. Contributor AS Aerial Cinematics used a 3DR Solo drone to provide a beautiful aerial view of this structure, which has been providing navigation for UK coastal ships for over two centuries, and is one of the country's most well known lighthouses.
Estonia: Keri Island
Contributor Harispomonis created this beautiful drone video of a well known lighthouse on the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. Keri Island is the northernmost of the islands of Estonia which lie off its coast north of the capital city Tallinn. The island's lighthouse was constructed in 1719 on the orders of the Russian Tsar Peter the Great, who wanted a navigation aid for shipping in and out of the new Russian capital of St. Petersburg at the eastern end of the Gulf.
New South Wales, Australia: Cape Byron
Contributor DroneKUMELL used a Xiaomi Mi drone to create this aerial tour of what is considered Australia's most famous lighthouse. Cape Byron Light is on Cape Byron, which is just a few km/mi from the town of Byron Bay in New South Wales. It has the distinction of being the easternmost point in Australia. Completed in 1901, it's light intensity is about 2.2 million candela, making it the most powerful lighthouse in the country. The lighthouse attracts about 500,000 visitors per year.
New Caledonia: Le Phare Amédée
Le Phare Amédée is the site of one of the most well known lighthouses in the South Pacific. It's located on a small island of the same name about 24 km (around 15 mi) from the city of Nouméa, in New Caledonia. It was built in Paris in 1862, tested, disassembled, and then shipped around the world. At 56 meters (184 ft.), it's one of the tallest lighthouses in the world. Contributor Les Waouh de Vic used a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum to create this beautiful aerial view of the landmark, one of NC's top tourist attractions.
California, USA: Pigeon Point
Stillmotionpicture created this stunning drone video of one of California's most famous lighthouses. Pigeon Point Lighthouse is situated on the Pacific coast between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, in San Mateo County. It was built in 1871. At 35 meters (around 115 ft.), it's tied for being California's tallest lighthouse. The location of this lighthouse was particularly important as a navigational aid for ships on coastal routes from the south headed for San Francisco Bay.
Setúbal, Portugal: Cape Espichel
Get a bird's eye view of one of Portugal's most famous lighthouses in this drone video. Cape Espichel Lighthouse lies at the tip of the cape of the same name in Portugal's Setúbal District, which lies just to the south of the capital city and is part of the Grande Lisboa (Greater Lisbon) region. Built in 1790, the lighthouse provides critical navigation to an area which was known as the Black Coast to British sailors because of its danger to ships headed in and out of Lisbon Harbor.
County Donegal, Ireland: Fanad
Check out this beautiful drone video of one of the most well known lighthouses in Ireland, compliments of contributor Hallmark7. Fanad Head Lighthouse sits at the end of the Fanad Peninsula in the northern part of County Donegal, Ireland's northernmost county. The lighthouse lies at the western entrance to Lough Swilly, the inlet which separates the Fanad and Inishowen Peninsulas. The current structure, which was built in 1886, has a tower height of 22 meters (72 ft.).
Norfolk, England: Happisburgh
England's Norfolk coastline bulges into the North Sea, creating significant navigational challenges for ships in these perenially busy waters. Since 1790, the Happisburgh Light House, which sits near the northeastern apex of the coast, has been critical to protecting ships in the area. With a focal height of 41 meters (about 135 ft.), it's the oldest working lighthouse in the East Anglia. In this drone video from Joshua Paul Gardner, you can see this famous landmark from a bird's eye perspective.